While stopping the run is always a good thing since the bye week Freeman has been one of the best QB's in the league.
In the last 5 games Freemans QB rating has been 125, 115, 104, 109, and 138. He has also thrown for 1487 yards and has 13 TD's to 1 interception in that same 5 game span.
He only completed 14 passes last week but he only attempted 20 for a 70% completion rate. Those 14 went for 210 yards and 2 TD's
If you sell out to stop the run, Freeman can consistently beat you through the air.
Freeman has played very well, and I was not intending any kind of slight whatsoever. I'm sure you'll agree that it's rare for a team to score 34 or 35 points with a QB only completing 14 passes, no matter how efficient they are. Generally, it takes a couple of defensive scores or a killer run game to roll up the score like that without a 300 yd plus game from the QB.
In our case, we have to try to pick our poison. Since Kuechly went in at MLB, we have done a good job controlling good runners, so if I'm the DC, that is what I focus on shutting down first. If we don't stop the run, it takes our pass rush out of the equation and we need that right now to win.
I love the way your team is playing but hope we can find a way to stop you guys at least for one week.